Students from Tocumwal Primary School and Sacred Heart Tocumwal are in the know about Queensland Fruit Fly and the importance of protecting the region against the pest after taking part in a recent education awareness day.
The event formed part of the Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Regional Fruit Fly Project and saw the Tocumwal Lions Club, GMV regional fruit fly co-ordinator Ross Abberfield and the Tocumwal Men’s Shed deliver the education awareness day to 65 students.
The Lions club provided the venue for the session, making great use of the recently acquired old bowling club in Tocumwal.
The Tocumwal Men’s Shed assisted in preparing the soft drink bottles for the students to make into fruit fly traps.
Together with staff from both schools, Lions club members supervised small groups of children building the traps.
Mr Abberfield started the session with an interactive presentation, after which the children got busy making their traps.
About 70 traps will be placed in the community.
The Lions cooked a sausage sizzle and lots of fresh apples were on the menu, with not a fruit fly in sight.
Mr Abberfield said education awareness and trap building days were being conducted throughout the GMV region.
‘‘The Lions clubs recognise the importance of managing fruit fly in their communities and by working together with schools, this program is creating community awareness and is producing high numbers of Queensland fruit fly traps,’’ Mr Abberfield said.
He congratulated the schools on their well-behaved, polite and friendly students.
‘‘One of the aims of the regional project is to deliver community programs to primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, which we are pleased to be actively undertaking,’’ he said.
‘‘If parents are in a position to reinforce this education program through practising QFF management strategies at home, it has a great impact.’’
Tocumwal Lions Club president Glennis Pohlner encouraged Tocumwal district residents to join or assist their local Lions club in managing QFF in their community. She said fighting fruit fly was a community effort and all support was welcome.
●For more information about QFF control, pick up an information pack from your local council’s customer service centre or go to www.gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au